Tegoshi has been a caster for NTV's coverage of the FIFA Club World Cup since 2012. Tegoshi comments at the press conference: "It's the tournament that everybody in the world is waiting for, and I personally have been involved in soccer much, much longer than I have with the entertainment industry, so as someone who's soccer-crazy, this event has been an aspiration of mine. It has also been one of my dreams to spearhead NTV and share to everyone how wonderful the sport is, and it really makes me happy that this dream has been realized.".
Tegoshi has already had a lot of chances traveling overseas for his regular program Sekai no hate made ItteQ, but this will be his first time going to Brazil. Tegoshi will be staying in Brazil for the duration of the tournament, and he comments: "Brazil is a country that any soccer fan would love to visit at least once, and I want to experience firsthand how soccer plays a part in the everyday life of Brazilians. I'm looking forward to a lot of things, like joining street soccer when the cameras are not rolling.".
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When asked of his predictions for the tournament, he said: "Of course I'm rooting for the Japanese national team. I want them to win, but I hope that they at least reach the quarter finals and finish in the top 8. As to who will win it all... I'm thinking it will be Brazil. I'm looking forward to seeing Neymar play who's having a good season in Barcelona. These soccer players really have such a cool image about them. Neymar's very fashionable even from a man's standpoint, and he's someone who can start a trend. Of course, his playing skills are amazing too. I'll be watching him closely.".
And finally: "The matches will be shown late at night or even early in the morning in Japan, but I want to give my best so people would be watching the matches live. There are also a lot of people in Japan who truly love soccer, and I hope to fight alongside them.". NTV will be showing Japan's first match against Greece on June 19 (June 20, Friday, Japan time).
And I like how that passion is so infectious.
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Even though he rarely goes out and just stays in the studio.
He didn’t look inferior at all alongside the pros during the one-on-one shooting practices. His opponent probably didn’t defend seriously against him, but he blew right past them one after another and made his shots.
Tackey, Tsubasa, Kamenashi, Higashiyama... But not Kimura-san.
He's better than Katori, Kokubun, or KimuTaku? They’re all the same, no one needs them.
They’re just getting these Johnny’s talents involved in all these events. Seriously, I hope they stop doing that.
Tegoshi’s pretty good. And he’s not a bandwagoner but a serious fan.
ZIP – Yamaguchi
Going – Kamenashi
ZERO – Sakurai
Every – Koyama
World Cup - Tegoshi
It’s all getting annoying to be honest.
We also don’t need commentators who can’t even analyze the plays and tactics.
He said a lot of things to Tegoshi during the Club World Cup so maybe he’ll also complain about a lot of stuff this time.
I was amazed at how the girls around me reacted when his name was announced.
But the threads all go up in ashes 200% whenever Katori goes on once every 4 years w
Tegoshi's appointment is much more acceptable than something like that.
Tegoshi’s pretty decent when it comes to soccer. He’s also a good interviewer.
Just don’t involve idols in sports broadcasts.
And I don’t really dislike Sanma, but I hate him when he gets involved with soccer.
I guess you can also say that about real announcers, though.
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